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Summer Literature Conference An Island Adventure: Exploring the Heart of Literacy

 July 8-9, 2014 * Mission Point Resort, Mackinac Island

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An Island Adventure Exploring the Heart of Literacy

Featuring Steven Layne, Kirby Larson, E.B. Lewis, and Sharon Draper

Election Results

Meet the winners of our 2014 MRA Board Election.

Vice-President: Sean Kottke

Secretary: Nancy Jaskiw

Member-at-Large: Elenore Glass

Region 1 Representative: Trish Sippola

Region 6 Representative: Bena Hartman

Region 7 Representative: Lori Ulewicz

The Faces of MRA from Mary Howell, Ph.D., 2013-2014 President

Energy When I think of energy I think of two-year-old toddlers’ constant movement and vigorous activity. Toddlers seem to have more capacity for movement than many adults.  I compare toddlers to Michigan Reading Association because MRA has an endless supply of energy.  MRA has a large capacity for vigorous literacy activity.  Consider our Summer Literature Conference, energizing nearly 200 Michiganders in July with ideas for reading, writing, and literature. 

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2014 Annual Conference

Thank you for joining us for our 58th Annual Conference. We hope you enjoyed your time in Grand Rapids, and that you walked away feeling refreshed and challenged! We hope you will join us next year for our 59th Annual Conference, United We Read, United We Write, March 27-30, 2015.

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2014 Annual Conference


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Michigan Reading Association 58th Annual Conference

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Research-to-Practice Institute: March 14, 2014

Annual Conference: March 15-17, 2014

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Join us for an unforgettable MRA conference with inspirational speakers, educators, authors and special events!

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Featuring: RJ Palacio, Cris Tovani, Sharon Draper, Jim Burke, Laura Robb, Penny Kittle, Jeff Anderson, Smokey Daniels, Frank Serafini, Donalyn Miller, Alan Sitomer, Michael Cirelli, Dick Allington, Mary Bigler, James Bucky Carter, Kara Clayton, Pat Edwards, Jane Feber, Troy Hicks, and more.

Featured Authors: Ellen Airgood, Kimberli Bindschatel, Karen & Darrin Brege, Todd Day, Matt Faulkner, Wendy Halperin, Lisa Wheeler, and more.

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Meal Events:


Rockstar Luncheon - mingle with your favorite featured speakers at this Cash & Carry style luncheon (free admission ticket required)


Luncheon with the Authors & Illustrators - an old conference favorite with a new twist. Enjoy lunch with our featured authors and illustrators ($29). 

Nerdy Book Club Barbeque Buffet - have a BBQ picnic with our Nerdy Book Club friends, Donalyn Miller & Colby Sharp ($27).

Young Authors' Luncheon - celebrate the young authors featured in our 2014 Kaleidoscope book ($25).


Research-to-Practice Institute: 

Consider joining us Friday, March 14 for our Pre-Conference, Research-to-Practice Institute, Meaning Making: Composing and Comprehending Complex Texts in the 21st Century, featuring Dr. Kylene Beers. For more information click here.



Join us in honoring and celebrating Young Authors around Michigan. The Michigan Reading Association invites a deserving student from YOUR school to become a published author! For more information click here.


Grand Rapids - find things to do while visiting




We are bringing Monday back, and it will feature 90 minute interactive technology workshops, as well as the return of High School Day, which will be an opportunity for local high school students to participate in hands-on workshops.


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